7-Eleven CEO Joe De Pinto was horrified when he was invited to appear on the first episode of “Undercover Boss,” but coworkers managed to talk him into it. He disguised himself with whiskers and a fake name and went to work in 7-Eleven retail stores on Long Island and Texas, and the corporate bakery in Baltimore. For seven days he slaved away on day and night shifts and met his workers and it opened his eyes. The show aired on February 21, 2010 and was an instant hit. Now, a year later, he told the LA Times that the experience led him to improve employee relations and advancement. He was SO impressed with one delivery man he met, that he GAVE him a franchise. Every time the popular show runs in Europe, De Pinto still gets 40 or 50 emails. He’s glad he did it. And CBS has renewed the series. (This show always makes us cry!)


Posted by Janet on May 18, 2011

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  1. By pippa martins-st. onge
    On May 18, 2011 at

    Sounds like complete rubbish television to me. TV shows will never make me weep. They make me dreadfully bored.

  2. By Reta
    On May 18, 2011 at

    Pippa, maybe what you don’t get is that there are real human beings out there struggling in not so hot, or boring, not well paying jobs that still manage to do the very best job they can do, have a cheerful smile for the world most days, and appreciate and remember that there are millions of people around the world who have it much worse than they do, no job, no food, no house, no family, no health. These people appreciate what they HAVE and strive to better themselves if thy aren’t satisfied by working harder and better without being nasty bastards while they do. THIS is the premise of success of the show and because it is true, it touches MOST peoples heart. But then you’d have to HAVE a heart to be touched, now, wouldn’t you?

  3. By The American
    On May 18, 2011 at

    another american who made history?


  4. By Fairness can be reality
    On May 19, 2011 at

    OMG I’m actually agreeing with Reta. I think ALL CEOS, especially those scumbags on Wall Street should be FORCED to do this. Then maybe they will get how their decisions affect other people and will think long and hard about the shenanigans they engage in.

  5. By God
    On May 19, 2011 at

    You really are an angry old duckie, aren’t you Pippa?
    Remove the belt of chastity and get some bad boy.
    You may see my world in a better light.
    To set the record straight, girl dogs go to heaven as do human girls.
    Boy dogs go to hell with the human boys. Every one of them.
    I have spoken.

  6. By Denise
    On May 19, 2011 at

    Hey God, about that pony I wanted for Christmas. . .

  7. By Nina
    On May 19, 2011 at

    I love this show! It not only makes me cry at times, I think it’s the best idea the suits in Hollywood have had in a while. Bosses SHOULD absolutely have to get down in the trenches with their employees so they know firsthand what the employees have to deal with. Sometimes it isn’t pretty, and employees often don’t have the opportunity or the means to bring things to management’s attention. This show gives some of them that.

  8. By Walt Cliff
    On May 19, 2011 at

    That makes me crave a big oversized cherry slurpee. Yum!!!!

  9. By Reta
    On May 19, 2011 at

    Denise, too bad I didn’t know you when you were a little girl, I would have gladly let you come over and ride one of our horses along with me. I knew ALL the cool places to ride, and it was just like being the only girl in the world out there galoping along thru the orange orchards with not another human being in sight. Talk about Heaven!

  10. By Patrick
    On May 19, 2011 at

    REta, it’s not galoping it’s “gallumping”!

  11. By Selene
    On May 19, 2011 at

    Reta, sooo true. This show always makes me bawl my eyes out to Janet. I wish there were some human big shots in the huge corporation I worked for. Maybe they wouldnt have sent my job and 10,000 others to India.

  12. By Reta
    On May 20, 2011 at

    Patrick, I think maybe you’re right, at least for those whose asses whack the saddle a bit too rambunciously. Never be the one who rides on the last horse!

  13. By Patrick
    On May 20, 2011 at

    I never liked riding those ones very much REta. But I suffered through it.

  14. By Casonia Sade Logenberry
    On July 28, 2011 at

    It is alway good to check on other people who work with you and find out there thoughts and feelings and concerns about what is going on and it is very concerning to find out if they are being treated well and see how much they respect the business end and if they have passion and love for what the place is all about.


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